Truth is 2018 was the hardest year of my life. It was an unrelenting barrage of bad news and stressful situations. In January, my wife’s grandmother passed suddenly, a month later her mother found out she had cancer, and in May my mother was diagnosed with cancer as well. Months of watching our mothers have to fight both the disease and the treatments have been extremely difficult. I wanted to be there more than I could and do more to help, but the business of adulthood made that hard.
However, this isn’t about that. It isn’t about the sadness or the hard days. It’s a testament to how good people can be when you need them. It’s about you all. It’s about the friends and family that showed up over and over again to support my family during the hard times this year brought. I cannot overstate how appreciated you all are. You are all blessings.
Whether it was bringing food, company, or just checking in to see how things were going we are grateful for all of it. Knowing people care is part of recovery, and I don’t doubt for one moment the influence your kindness had. Life is only as good as the people in it, and this year was a display of how good life can be even when the day to day is hard.
So instead of thinking of 2018 of a year full of hard times, I am choosing to look at it as a reflection on friendship, family, and all the good that comes with it. All I can say is thank you for everything and when you need support we will be there.
Let’s stick to the fun times in 2019. Happy New Year!